Last weekend's British Superbike meeting at Snetterton set a new attendance record for the Norfolk track, with 43,000 fans packing the circuit's first BSB meeting on the 300 layout.
The attendance is believed to be the highest for any race meeting in Snetterton's 60 year history, and comes after a massive programme of redevelopment over the winter, including the addition of a one-mile infield section.
The changes created a three-mile track, the newest in the country, and Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of Snetterton owner MotorSport Vision, was delighted with the response of both the spectators, and the riders.
“My ambition for Snetterton was to transform it from being an unremarkable circuit to being considered one of the best in the UK. I applied a huge amount of careful consideration to the design in order to achieve this and provide a fabulous venue for both competitors and spectators. As the biggest event of the Snetterton calendar, BSB was always going to be the acid test. I'm absolutely thrilled with the response we have had from the riders and even more importantly the fans, who voted with their feet to produce a record crowd, 50% higher than last year's BSB! I chatted to many who had come to Snetterton for the first time – and crucially they said they'd certainly be back having had a superb day.”
John Hopkins took victory in race one to become the first rider to win on the 300 circuit, and the Crescent Suzuki man believes the new circuit has been a major success.
“This circuit is just awesome and I have had more fun over the weekend on the Snetterton 300 than I have anywhere else so far this season. On the new infield section I had been drifting the Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki and there was definitely the opportunity for some close racing which we saw in the two races and I think that the fans had a great show.”